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Common Well Pump Issues

When you have your own well pump, you enjoy all the benefits that come with having your own water supply. But when it comes to fixing well pump problems, being on your own can be daunting. Well pump problems will affect your home’s water supply and disrupt your daily routines. Take a look at these common well pump problems so that you can properly diagnose the problem and resolve it quickly. 



It’s Turned Off

As simple as it seems, some parts of your well pump need to be turned on and off. So before you start any kind of troubleshooting for your well pump, check to see if it is turned on. If not, switch the pump on. If the pump doesn’t turn back on, check the electrical panel to see if the circuit breaker tripped. 


Bad Pressure Switch

If your home is experiencing abnormal water pressure, check the pressure switch. If the pressure switch is malfunctioning, it won’t activate the well pump to provide water to the home. To check the pressure switch, start by removing the cover. Then, hit the tube with the handle of a plier or screwdriver and wait to see if the pump starts after an electric spark. If the pump starts, it means your pressure switch was to blame and you should replace it.


Pumping Air

Have you noticed that your faucets are spitting out water and air? Your well pump could be to blame. Your well pump is equipped with pipes. Over time, these pipes can become damaged, and air can enter inside. As a result, your faucets spit out the water and air coming from the pipes. You can resolve this problem by enlisting the help of a professional plumber to replace your deteriorating pumps. 


Water Sediment 

Sediment can build up in your water and hinder your well pump’s ability to function. Dirt, small stones, and hard water minerals erode away at the pump’s parts and congest the pump’s water flow. You’ll know your pump has sediment buildup when it starts producing gritty water. To resolve this problem, you will need to replace either the well pump or wall screen, depending on the level of fitness of the components. 


Let Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating Resolve Your Well Pump Issues

If you’re having problems with your well pump, let a Maryland master plumber fix it for you. Michael Runk Plumbing and Heating offers 24/7 emergency service, so we’re here to help whenever something happens with your well pump. 

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